'You have to take the children away'

20 June, 2018, 02:08 | Author: Donnie King
  • Melania Trump ‘hates’ separating migrant kids from parents

As the outcry over the almost 2,000 child separations caused as a result of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy on illegal border crossings grows, President Donald Trump doubled down on Monday down on his controversial policies and blamed them on Democrats.

Numerous Maryland lawmakers have come out against the policy that the Trump Administration is now enforcing that separates immigrant children from their parents after crossing the US border.

In April Attorney General Jeff Sessions notified all U.S. Attorney's Offices along the border of a new "zero-tolerance policy" under a federal law that prohibits both attempted illegal entry and illegal entry into the United States by an alien.

And he would mandate that immigrant families who cross into the USA illegally be kept together, absent aggravated criminal conduct or threat of harm to the children. The policy has seen every illegal border-jumper criminally prosecuted and nearly 2,000 children separated from their parents in the last two months, as the parents await trial.

Democrats and some in Mr Trump's own Republican Party have admonished the administration for dividing almost 2,000 children from their parents between mid-April and the end of May.

Hours after the smackdown from the ladies, President Trump defended the policy on a series of tweets on Monday morning, bringing in Germany and Europe into the debate and arguing that weak enforcement of immigration laws would endanger the United States. "We've got to stop separation of the families, but politically correct or not, we have a country that needs security, that needs safety, that has to be protected". When asked what he was doing to help the children in detention centers, he responded, "I appreciate you're critical of the leadership in this country, but where in the hell is the leadership in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador?"

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said she had not heard the audio but said children taken into custody by the government are being treated humanely.

Trump insisted that there are "only two options" for dealing with immigrants who come to the country illegally: "Totally open borders or criminal prosecution". Democrats and some Republicans have decried the practice as cruel, citing images of children being detained inside chain-link cages, some erected inside empty box stores.

Migrant children are not permitted to be incarcerated with their parents, and are kept in separate facilities maintained by the Department of Health and Human Services. Children can't go to jail with their parents, so they're separated.

"We don't have to prosecute them, but then we are not prosecuting them for coming in illegally".

In the seven-minute tape, children who were reportedly aged four to 10, could be heard crying out for the parents.

Mr Trump has sought to use the widespread outrage over the family separations to push through other immigration priorities that have stalled in Congress, such as funding for his long-promised wall along the Mexican border. Now, her former lawyer is comparing President Trump's zero-tolerance policy to both Nazism and slavery.

Later in her speech, Clinton hit back at the Trump administration's claim that its immigration policies are rooted in the Christian faith.

"All we need is good legislation and we can have it taken care of", Trump said. "No more lawlessness", she said during a briefing. Mr Trump has derided that practice as "catch and release", arguing that numerous immigrants never appear for court proceedings. "Someday they're going to vote for Democrats", he said.



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